'''William Blake''' (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry
and visual arts of the Romanticism|Romantic Age
. His prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language".
[Frye, Northrop and Denham, Robert D. ''Collected Works of Northrop Frye''. 2006, pp 11–12.]
His visual artistry led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced".
In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons
Although he lived in London his entire life (except for three years spent in Felpham
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